Motel 6 Review

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Motel 6 boasts one of the lowest per-night costs among hotel chains, but the variance in quality can be high.

Pros: Motel 6 reviews confirm what travelers on a tight budget long to hear: There's no reason to resist the draw of its cheap prices. The hotel chain garners high ratings on many travel review sites, but ranks ninth of 11 economy brands in the J.D Power and Associates 2016 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study. With some of the lowest rates around, though, spending extra on fancier digs may be wasteful if a place to sleep is all that's needed. Various properties earn an average of at least 3 stars on TripAdvisor, where reviewers applaud the overall value -- basic comfort for a modest price. Few reviews of these locations say they failed to meet expectations about cleanliness, comfort, or service, and many patrons with low expectations admit to being pleasantly surprised. Posts also note the chain's acceptance of pets and say free coffee in the lobby adds a friendly touch.

Cons: That said, there are plenty of Motel 6 locations that garner less-than-satisfactory assessments, particularly in categories of hygiene and service. It's not uncommon to find reference in reviews on sites such as Travelocity to telltale signs of cigarette use in non-smoking rooms (smells, burn marks) and gripes about rundown facilities, worn sheets, or carpet stains; reports of bug infestations surface here and there. Given the proliferation of Motel 6 locations -- about 1,200 and counting -- if one doesn't hit the mark, there may be another down the road that proves more satisfactory.

Amenities: Such low room rates do come at a price, however: Motel 6 offers few perks. There is no free breakfast or guaranteed free Wi-Fi, so be prepared to pay for the latter at some locations. On the other hand, kids under 17 stay free, as do one or two pets per room. The chain also offers discounts to veterans and active military and members of AARP. A loyalty program, dubbed My6, offers members special deals, faster check-out, and social sign in. An ongoing nationwide renovation is sprucing up dated rooms with flat-screen TVs and other modern touches like simulated wood flooring and sleek, minimalist designs.

Takeaway: Despite the occasional disappointing property, low prices and widespread availability make Motel 6 a decent budget choice for travelers with modest expectations -- which should get a boost as the upgrade rolls out.

Lee Stevens

Lee Stevens is a video producer and writer. She has created videos for the American Museum of Natural History and the video blog CreatureCast, in addition to Cheapism. From coupon shopping for necessary items to packing lunch every day instead of buying it, every chance to save money in the ...

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